For immediate release | December 9, 2013

COA calls for comment on proposed changes to 2008 Standards

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) has issued a call for comments on the proposed revision to the 2008 Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies. Comments will be accepted from Dec. 6, 2013, through Oct. 24, 2014.

COA invites comments on the draft document proposing changes to the Standards via the Standards Review site at The site includes links to the proposed updates and to the review process and documentation leading up to the draft.

COA will host a virtual Town Hall Meeting on Feb. 20, 2014, to discuss the proposed changes and will host discussion forums at the 2014 Annual ALISE Conference, the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, and the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The program at ALA Midwinter, entitled Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of LIS Master’s Programs, will be from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, PCC-201 B.

The ALA COA is a leading force in accreditation, having evaluated educational programs to prepare librarians since its creation in 1924. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognizes ALA COA as a reliable authority to determine the quality of education offered by graduate programs in the field of library and information studies.


Karen O'Brien


Office for Accreditation